NORTH AMERICAN NEUROREHABILITATION SYMPOSIUM IN ATLANTA PRESENTED NEWEST DEVELOPMENTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS IN NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION.
31st August 2010
31st August 2010
From August 27 to 28, 2010, scientists, engineers and clinicians gathered at Shepherd Center to discuss the latest trends in neurorehabilitation.
Atlanta, GA, 31. August 2010. Eminent experts from the field of neurological rehabilitation came together at the North American Neurorehabilitation Symposium (NANRS) 2010 to discuss new technologies, the application of virtual environments and research in spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy and other neurological pathologies. More than 20 international speakers and nearly 180 participants agreed on the important role of robotics in neurorehabilitation. Furthermore, Hocoma’s latest robotic gait device, the Lokomat®Nanos, made its North American debut at the NANRS 2010.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Shepherd Center is a 132-bed facility. Last year Shepherd admitted 947 people to its inpatient programs and 538 people to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd sees more than 6000 people annually on an outpatient basis.
Hocoma was set up in 2000, as a spin-off of the Swiss University Hospital Balgrist. The company currently employs more than 110 people at its headquarters near Zurich, Switzerland and at its subsidiaries in the US and Singapore. Hocoma develops and produces therapy solutions for neurological patients with movement disorders caused by stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis or other neurological diseases and injuries as well as small children with cerebral palsy. The product range features devices for intensive locomotion therapy (Lokomat®, Andago®), functional therapy of the upper extremities (Armeo®) as well as early rehabilitation and patient mobilization (Erigo®). Hocoma’s products are applied successfully in clinics and research institutes worldwide. This medical technology company has received many awards for start-up companies, and was honored with the “Red Herring 100 Global Award” in January 2010, as one of the hundred most innovative companies world-wide.